The Tennessee Vols only have a few spots left in their 2019 recruiting class, but one of those spots is almost certainly reserved for four-star linebacker Henry To’oto’o.

The 6-foot-2/230 lb linebacker from Concord, CA, who is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 5 player in the state of California and the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation, has long been considered an Alabama lean. But it appears the Vols are primed to challenge the Crimson Tide, and Washington, for To’oto’o.

This is obviously great news for Tennessee, though I’d still be surprised if To’oto’o ended up signing with the Vols.

We’ve seen plenty of this in recent years. Tennessee trends with a top recruit, only to finish second in their recruitment.

If the Vols are going to rise to the top of the SEC East, they’ll eventually have to start winning more of these recruiting battles than they lose. Pulling To’oto’o from the west coast, and keeping him away from Alabama, would be a huge success for Jeremy Pruitt and his staff.

Unfortunately for the Vols, To’oto’o is scheduled to officially visit Alabama in late January. Typically that’s when things go south for Tennessee.

This one will likely go down to the last minute of recruiting, but there’s certainly reason for optimism for Vol fans.

Just don’t get too optimistic — recruiting is a roller coaster full of unexpected twists and turns.

Featured image via 247Sports 

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